sectors reported: Commercial, Corporate, Cultural/Entertainment, Federal, Higher Education, Living, Medical, Municipal, Museums, Sports, Transit, Zoos/Aquariums

Commercial

  • The Atofina Chemical Facility in Beaumont Texas is a $102 million project with four buildings set on nine acres. Jacobs Engineering of Houston is designer, with construction expected to start this summer.

  • Ft. Worth’s Trinity Bluffs living/retail center east of the Trinity River is estimated at $300 million and will include shopping, tennis and a marina as well as a 12-story building on a 40-acre site. The architect is local: Gideon Toal, Inc.

Corporate

  • Robert A.M. Stern Architects will design Philadelphia’s new Navy Yard Corporate Center. At this point, the project is described as more than 1 million sf spread over several three to five-story buildings; estimates run as high as $110 million.

  • Gensler has a $20 million commission for interiors at the Patent & Trademark Building in Alexandria, Va.

Cultural/Entertainment

  • Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer is designer for Bellevue, Wash.’s new Performing Arts Center. The 1,800-seat concert hall/auditorium is expected to start construction in 2005.

  • George Lucas is expanding his Skywalker ranch; Robert Remiker of Berkeley is designing a 243,000 sf archive building and Backen Arrigoni Ross of San Francisco is architect for a $7 million tech building.

Federal

  • Carter & Burgess, Inc. of Dallas is architect for the $41 million Mesa Project Weapons Integration Building, an industrial lab, in Albuquerque.

  • The new Michael J. Dillon Federal Courthouse in Buffalo, N.Y. will be designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

Higher Education

  • The University of Connecticut will be providing not only new housing for its graduate students, but also a village green, restaurants, boutiques and offices. Architect for the $72 million project: Looney Ricks Kiss.

  • Eaton Architecture of Salt Lake City will design the Southern Utah University Shakespeare Centre, a $33 million, three-building complex.

  • As part of a 10-year expansion plan, Maine’s Colby College has hired Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as architect for a new academic building, the first of four new structures.The school says about a third of the first $6.2 million spent on the first phase will go toward landscape architecture; the college has hired Ann Beha & Associates of Boston. The work is based on masterplanning by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott.

  • The University of Texas-San Antonio is building a new three-story dorm for $25 million. Boka Powell Architects of Dallas is architect.

  • Michigan’s Catholic University, Ave Maria, is opening a Florida campus. Cannon Design and Looney Ricks Kiss are teaming to design a “university town” in Naples.

  • Mobile’s Volkert & Associates will design Auburn University’s new Student Union Complex, a $30 million project now in the masterplanning phase.

  • The University of Oregon has selected Zimmer Gunsul Frasca to design its new 100,000 sf School of Education.

  • The new $50 million Music Building at Michigan State will be designed by BOORA Architects of Portland, Ore.

  • The new village at the University of California-Berkeley will have more than 600 units for grad students and junior faculty. EAH Inc. of San Rafael is architect for the $135 million project.

Living

  • Duany Plater-Zyberk is designing the Archer Road complex in Gainesville, Fla. Estimates for a 300,000 sf office building and 550-building subdivision stand at $33 million.
  • The Durrant Group is designer for Tucson’s $175 million El Pueblo Senior Center.

    Medical

  • The new North Hospital in Carmel, Ind., will be designed by HKS, Inc. of Dallas. Estimate: $235 million.
    • Architect for the $200 million Poudre Valley Regional Hospital in Loveland, Colo. is HLM Design of Denver.

    • Proton therapy is an emerging tool to treat cancer. A new facility in Houston will be designed by Tsoi/Kobus of Boston.

    • The Boston Baskin Cancer Clinic in Memphis is estimated at $40 million and will be designed by TRO’s local office.

    • The Longwood North Research Center on Boston’s Brookline Avenue will be designed by Tsoi/Kobus. The medical clinical research facility will be 16 stories and nearly a half-million sf.

    Municipal

    • HOK is leading the new Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Police and Fire Headquarters Project.

    • Cavers, we salute you. Carlsbad, N.M. has chosen local firm Durham & Associates as architect for its planned Kave and Karst Research Institute.

    • Sasaki Associates is consulting on the Charlotte (N.C.) Street Park. The smallish ($1.5 million) project entails only 18,000 sf, but will include an Irish memorial and a stepped connection to the Cooper River. Also associated is Stantec Architecture of Columbia, S.C.

    Museums

    • FDR’s refuge, the Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga., is due to begin a new museum and visitor’s center. The $5 million, 18,000 sf project has Hecht Burdeshaw Johnson Kidd and Clark of Columbus as architects.

    • A restoration of Harriet Tubman’s home in Auburn, N.Y. will be designed by Crawford & Stearns Architects of Syracuse.

    • Restoration continues at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff in Evans, N.Y. Architect for this phase: Macon Chaintreuil Jensen & Stark Associates of Rochester.

    • After a three-year legal struggle over environmental impact upon Southhampton’s tiger salamanders, the new East End Children’s Museum is expected to break ground on Lee Skolnick’s design. The $5 million project is two stories and 13,0000 sf, sited on 12 acres. For background on the fairly extraordinary measures that will be taken see: http://www.cmee.org/big/press.htm

    Sports

    • Cochran Stephenson & Donkervoet of Baltimore is designing the new $20 million + Special Olympics Facility in Anne Arundel County. The new headquarters will also include two basketball courts.

    • Penske is spending about $40 million on a new showroom, dealership and one-mile test track to be built in Turnersville, N.J. Black Corley & Owens of Benton, Ark. is designing the three 60,000 sf buildings.

    Transit

    • The $600 million White Flint Metro Station in Maryland is spread across 30 acres and will entail apartments, a movie theater, four towers (1.3 million sf) of offices and 300,000 sf of retail space. Architects involved: Dorsky Hodgson Partners; HOK; RTKL and landscape architect Parker Rodriguez, Inc.

    • Parsons Brinckerhoff is lead designer for Arizona’s $75 million, fast-track project to provide 10 miles of high-occupancy vehicle lanes in Phoenix.

    Zoos/Aquariums

    • Design Collective is architect for a $40 million alteration at the Baltimore Zoo.

    • EHDD of San Francisco will lead the $10 million renovation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row.